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GLENDIVE — Obert Kartevold, age 91, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at his ranch near Glendive.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive, with Pastor Avis Anderson officiating. Interment with military honors will be held at the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Obert was born on July 28, 1919, on the family ranch just outside of Hodges, the son of John and Hannah (Jenson) Kartevold. Obert attended Hodges Grade School, Dawson County High School in Glendive and Montana State University in Bozeman.

Obert entered the United States Army on Feb. 19, 1941, in Missoula. Serving during World War II, he was involved in the invasion of Africa, Sicily and Italy. During his time in Messina, Sicily, Obert was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart on Aug. 3, 1943. Obert was honorably discharged on Aug. 27, 1944.

Obert married Lucille “Billie” Caldwell on June 17, 1951 in Hodges, and to this union, two children were born: son Gary and daughter Karen. They resided on their family ranch five miles North of Hodges, where they raised and bred Quarter Horses and cattle.

Obert was a longtime Glendive Brand Inspector who retired in January of 1982. During his 32 years with the Brands-Enforcement Division, Obert inspected Montana cattle at Sioux City, Iowa; Chicago; Miles City, Sidney, Glasgow and Billings. Obert always said, “I might not remember a rancher's name but I never forget their brand.”

Obert was a life long member of the Masonic Lodge, serving as the Past Grand Master. He was also a member of the Glendive Elks Lodge # 1324 and the Moose Lodge # 949.

Obert was proceeded in death by his loving wife Lucille in 2002; an infant son; his parents, John and Hannah; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his son, Gary (Brenda) Kartevold of Glendive; daughter Karen (Dave) Vietor of Phillipsburg; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com.

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